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Overview

Introduction to Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria is a growing city located in northern Virginia on the Potomac, south of Washington, DC. Originally explored by Captain John Smith in the 1620s, the area was sold to John Alexander for 6,600 pounds of tobacco in 1669. Alexandria became a center for tobacco and later wheat. Today, Alexandria is primarily a residential area. Along with neighboring Arlington, Alexandria is part of a growing Washington metro area that has more than 3 million people. The city offers colonial charm, a pleasant environment, good schools, plenty of parks and easy access to the nation's capital.

Alexandria Culture

Alexandria has access to some of the best historical, cultural and entertainment attractions in the country. It has numerous historical and architectural treasures, including the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, a 17-foot bronze statue of the country's first president. Just nine miles away is George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. In adjacent Arlington is the Marine Corps War Memorial, one of the world's largest bronze statues. In Washington, DC, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is home to the National Symphony Orchestra. Museums in the nation's capital are truly world class, with the Smithsonian museums alone supplying enough exhibits to occupy several days of viewing. Wolf Trap, located just 12 miles away in Vienna, Virginia, hosts an opera company and popular music concerts throughout the year. If you prefer shopping to highbrow culture, Alexandria is just minutes away from the Tysons Corner Center in McLean, one of the country's largest shopping malls at over 2 million square feet.

Alexandria Sports and Leisure

For spectator sports, Alexandria is just 7 miles from stadiums in Washington, DC. In 2005, major league baseball returned to the nation's capital, with the relocation of the former Montreal Expos franchise to RFK Stadium. The brand-new, 20,000-seat MCI Center in downtown Washington hosts the NBA's Washington Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals. East of the city, 86,000-seat Fed Ex Field, the largest stadium in the NFL, is home to the Washington Redskins.

Alexandria Outdoors

Recreational pursuits of all kinds are very accessible from Alexandria. Theodore Roosevelt Island Park is a 91-acre wooded island in the middle of the Potomac that allows fishing, bird watching and hiking along the 2.5 miles of nature trails. Lake Accotink Park, just 6 miles away, and Burke Lake Park, just 12 miles away, are both ideal for fishing, boating and camping. Burke also has volleyball courts, an 18-hole par 3 golf course and a miniature golf course. Fairfax County Trail and Pimmit Run Trail are also nearby. Heading southwest, away from DC, you'll find numerous lakes for fishing and hiking along the Appalachian Trail. To the east are Atlantic Ocean beaches. The DC metro area has dozens of golf courses and is just a 2-hour drive from nationally renowned links at Williamsburg and Providence Forge.

Alexandria at Night

Nightlife options include taking the Arlington Memorial Bridge across the river to the diverse attractions in the nation's capital, or staying within Alexandria, where there is an abundance of shops, restaurants, bars and venues for live music.

People

Total Population 149,315
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 9.8%
Employed Population 16+ 93,899
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 44.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 61.4%
Median Earnings25+ $58,649
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,803
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,962

Wealth

Median Family Income $109,075
% Above Poverty Level 91.7%
% Below Poverty Level 8.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.8%
% Using Public Transportation 21.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 41.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,555
Median House Value $502,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.4%
Irish 10.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alexandria Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia
County
Standard Zip Codes 22301, 22302, 22303, 22304, 22305, 22306, 22307, 22308, 22309, 22310, 22311, 22312, 22314, 22315, 22331, 22332
P.O. Box Zip Codes 22313, 22320
Company Zip Codes 22321, 22333, 22334, 22336
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.79
Longitude -77.08

Alexandria Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WASHINGTON REAGAN NTL AP
Distance 5.9 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 43 F
Apr Temp 46 to 66 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.3 inches
Station NATIONAL ARBORETUM DC
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches
Station UPPER MARLBORO 3 NNW
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 43 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 43.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Annandale 42,893 $86,810
Arlington 223,945 $140,838
Burke 42,205 $137,698
Falls Church 13,308 $165,430
McLean 47,784 $212,588
Occoquan 932 $109,688

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alexandria Public Libraries

Library
Alexandria Library
5005 DUKE STREET
Alexandria, Virginia
(703) 519-5905
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Alexandria Hospitals

INOVA ALEXANDRIA HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
4320 SEMINARY RD
(703) 504-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

INOVA MOUNT VERNON HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
2501 PARKERS LANE
(703) 664-7105
Emergency Service: Yes

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Alexandria High Schools

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HAYFIELD SECONDARY
7630 TELEGRAPH RD
703-924-7400
Serves 3,946 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

T. C. WILLIAMS HIGH
3330 KING ST
703-824-6800
Serves 2,825 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

WEST POTOMAC HIGH
6500 QUANDER RD
703-718-2500
Serves 2,112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

EDISON HIGH
5801 FRANCONIA RD
703-924-8000
Serves 1,804 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

MOUNT VERNON HIGH
8515 OLD MOUNT VERNON RD
703-619-3100
Serves 1,755 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL
6560 BRADDOCK RD
703-750-8300
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,681 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

BRYANT ALTERNATIVE HIGH
2709 POPKINS LN
703-660-2000
A Non-traditional School
Serves 518 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

NORTHERN VIRGINIA JUVENILE DETENTION HOME
200 S. WHITING ST.
703-751-3700
A Non-traditional School

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Historic Alexandria

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Christ Church and Fairfax House c1902.

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Christ Church and Fairfax House c1902.

Braddock House between 1910 and 1920

Old Carlyle House between 1900 and 1906

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